Writing Placement Essay

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design! The transition to college is one of the most exciting experiences in a young person's life. In order to place you in the appropriate first-year writing course at MIAD, you will need to complete the Writing Placement Essay online.

Your MIAD email account username (firstnamelastname) and email account password will also allow you to access the essay. Once you have logged in, please read carefully through the introduction and instructions for the essay. You are required to watch the Essay Demo Video in order to write the essay. Once you have watched the video, you may enter the essay.

Keep in mind that once you enter the essay, you will have 75 minutes to complete it. Once you start, you cannot log out or close your browser window.


Students with applicable Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or transfer credit for first-year writing are not required to write the placement essay and will be exempted. If you feel you have Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit that has not yet been evaluated that will fulfill first-year writing, please contact Mark Fetherston via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your options. If you are unsure if you have transfer credit for first-year writing, please contact your admissions counselor directly.

If you experience technical difficulties with the Writing Placement Essay, please contact Kim Tondryk, Technology Training Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Writing Placement Essays will be read by writing faculty members from the Liberal Studies Division before your starting semester. Based on the readings, you will be placed in the appropriate course to challenge and support your ideas as a writer. If a change to your schedule needs to be made, you will receive notification via your MIAD email account.

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